Thursday, 10 September 2015

Is the Middle East Still a Good Place to Teach English In?

Many people think that Middle Eastern countries are among the best countries to TEFL in. I've written about what it's like to teach in the Middle East before, but things change often. Like Korea, things certainly aren't the way they used to be.

Degrees
Although more and more people are earning their MA online, some countries will not accept an MA that was earned online. To further complicate things, some ministries within the same country will accept them and some won't. Some places will not accept degrees done online unless you can prove that it was the same as a degree done in person. Lots of hoops to jump through.

Supply and Demand
More people are heading to the ME, especially those with families. Thanks to the internet people are starting to realise that TEFLing in the Middle East can lead to a great lifestyle. While there may still be risks to living there, it's not as bad as the news portrays it to be. People can save money and still afford to go on vacation and you usually get a good number of vacation days.

In addition, more people are earning their masters degree. This means that it's becoming an employers' market: more qualified people are trying to work in the ME than before.

Salaries
It seems to be a worldwide trend, but salaries are lag behind inflation. You need to work more hours to buy things than before.

Safety
Let's not kid ourselves, we've all seen the news and hear about how dangerous the ME can be. Whether or not this is true depends on your definition of dangerous. Single people may be willing to take more risks than married people or those with children.

Conclusion
TEFL certainly isn't what it used to, but there is no utopia. Do you research and go with your gut.

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